Francisella tularensis  

IMPORTANT! Pre-approval needed from state or local health department. Local or State Health Department. Send approval to or call (402) 559-9444.

NPHL has moved to an electronic ordering system, NUlirt, and it is now the preferred method to order all tests. Once ordered, print a "batch list" (see NUlirt Guide).

Forms Required - Nulirt batch list or NPHL Test Request Form (completed in entirety) must accompany the specimen to include the following information: symptoms and date of onset, pregnancy status, travel and vaccine history. Testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459 for further clarification.


Test: Francisella tularensis  
  • Tularemia
  • Rabbit Fever
  • CDC Laboratory Response Network methodology
  • Contact NPHL emergency pager (402) 888-5588
  • Test performed Monday - Friday
  • Turnaround time 1-5 days
  • Isolates
  • Clinical swabs
  • Aspirates, 
  • Tissue,
  • Bronchial/tracheal wash
  • Autopsy/necropsy specimens
  • Blood
  • Animal samples
  • Vector samples
  • Environmental samples
Collection Device:
  • Isolate on media slant or plate
  • Seal with Parafilm™ or tape
  • Test subject to CLIA regulations and requires 2 patient identifiers on container and requisition forms
  • Requested volume for liquid clinical samples: 1 mL
  • Minimum volume for liquid clinical samples: 0.5 mL


  • NUlirt packing list or appropriate paperwork (completed in entirety) must accompany specimens
  • Leaking container
  • Inapproprate speciment type
  • Insufficient volume
Specimen Stability:
  • Stable at ambient air 15-25º C
Reference Interval:  
Reportable Disease:  
  • Contact NPHL emergency pager before sending specimen (402) 888-5588
Revised: 3/18/2024 
If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459.